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As someone who thoroughly enjoys sending letters and surprising friends across the country with a bouquet from their corner florist, I consider myself fluent in the language of long-distance love. This Valentine’s Day, I’ve got you covered. Read on for gifts that will send your love across the country to your friends, lovers, and future lovers — no plane tickets required.
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Something Sparkly: Bite-Size, Playful Jewels They’ll Reach For Every Day, from $22
Yes, jewelry can be a cliché choice for Valentine’s Day. But it’s a classic for a reason. There are few things more delightful than opening up a box to reveal a little (or a lot) of something shiny and bright. Lucky for you (and me, if any of my loved ones or suitors are reading this article), Studs just launched its Valentine’s Day Collection inspired by Dolly Parton and all things Western and vintage (from $28). Considering that Dolly is the patron-saint of all things fabulous, it’s no surprise that each rose, locket, and novelty cowgirl boot earring in this capsule launch is — to say it plainly — perfect. Shop the curated Earscape Sets (from $68) for a styled stack, especially helpful for hopeless boyfriends who don’t know a huggie from a dangle.
For Your Best Friend: Amp Up Their Arsenal Of Impeccable Lingerie, from $55
Lingerie isn’t a cliché choice for Valentine’s Day if you’re gifting it to your dearest friend. For the one you’ve shared everything with — from clothes to secrets — there are few better (or cheekier) gifts than lingerie they’ll actually love and wear. Ideal for your friend who leans minimalist — and probably wears pearls — shop CUUP’s February Edit for some timeless and sexy choices in classic red and black sheer colorways ($68). For the friend who struggles to find a bra that actually fits, gift a life-changing bra in the limited edition Rosewater colorway from Pepper ($60), the brand designing bras for smaller chests.
For A FaceTime Cook-Along, from $65
One of my favorite ways to connect love across distance is a romantic cook-along. Or, if you’re as challenged as I am by the culinary arts, it can be a fun few hours of comedic relief (which will, of course, bring you closer together). So many of our favorite DTC food & beverage brands have something to fit every taste and occasion:
In Lieu Of A Couples’ Massage (Or A Galentine’s Spa Day), from $56
Spa days and massages might seem like a thing of the pre-pandemic past – but that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate the blissed out, self-care sensation with a few thoughtful deliveries. Help them achieve the bath of their dreams and softest skin yet with the Body Renewal Set ($35) from OUI the People (the name says it all). Add on a plush robe from Parachute – be it waffle, cloud cotton, or linen – so they can spend the day feeling truly pampered (from $109).
No spa care package is complete without some luxury skincare. For a true splurge, gift the cult-favorite Signature Set from Vintner’s Daughter ($390) – it’ll transform their skin for the better, and they’ll love you forever. Yes, you CAN buy love, but only through life-changing skincare. For the at-home spa junkie, send the Red Algae Clarifying Mask ($48) or Body Exfoliation Duo ($84) from OSEA. All of OSEA’s products smell as good as they feel – and set the foundation for some seriously glowing skin.
And yes, you have to buy the same products for yourself so that you both have parallel spa experiences. It’s a mandatory part of this Valentine’s Day gift.
If you can’t shower the ones you love with IRL kisses, packages at their doorsteps are the next best thing. XOXO, TQE.